Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Historic American Roads) for Wednesday, July 20, 2022 (Season 38, Game 223):

Originally a Native American trail, the Dutch made it a main road & today it runs 33 miles from State Street to Sleepy Hollow

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Alison Trembly, a nurse practitioner from Amelia Island, Florida
Alison Trembly on Jeopardy!
Alfred Guy, an assistant dean from Babylon, New York
Alfred Guy on Jeopardy!
Matt Mierswa, an attorney from River Edge, New Jersey (1-day total: $29,201)
Matt Mierswa on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Matt Mierswa picked up nearly $30,000 in his victory yesterday; today’s challengers are Long Islander Alfred Guy and northeast Florida’s Alison Trembly.

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Correct response: What is Broadway?

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Broadway is a main street in New York City, running from State Street at Battery Park at the foot of Manhattan northward to the city, where it eventually becomes U.S. Highway 9 near Sleepy Hollow north of NYC.

As a Canadian who got this Final correct, here was my thought process; I’m posting this hoping that this might help others “think out” clues in the future. First up: “Sleepy Hollow” leads me to New York, as does the reference to the Dutch. Secondly, the phrase “originally a Native American trail” tells me this road does not follow a grid system. In general, roads built initially by natives generally followed the land and not a grid. Thus, putting everything together: Broadway is a major road in New York City that does not follow the city’s otherwise-planned grid system.

In case anyone is wondering: Babylon, NY is on Long Island, so both Alfred and champion Matt (from just across the river in New Jersey) might have a slight local advantage on this clue over Alison. However, as I did say at the start of the previous paragraph: I’m Canadian, and I got it correct, so this isn’t a clue that is just going to be for New Yorkers.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Please Rise For Our National…; Double Talk; World Capital Attractions; Quiz Bowl; It’s A Bug; Not A Feature)

Alison and Matt definitely had the best Jeopardy! round today, with our challenger in Podium 3 holding the lead at both of the commercial breaks! Alfred struggled with both the signalling device and with incorrect responses to be in a distant third after Single Jeopardy.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Alison 6 correct 1 incorrect
Matt 4 correct 1 incorrect
Alfred 3 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Alison 10 correct 1 incorrect
Matt 12 correct 2 incorrect
Alfred 4 correct 3 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Famous Americans; Eating & Drinking Places; History; The Title That Completes The Rhyme; Essays; Hey, Nice “Ab”s!)

This round was dominated by Matt, as he picked up 16 correct, and was the only player to ring in over the first two categories of the round. Alison needed the last Daily Double to give her a hope, but it was found by Alfred instead. Matt got clue #30 of the round to guarantee his runaway!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Matt 28 correct 3 incorrect
Alison 16 correct 1 incorrect
Alfred 8 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 83 (0 today).

The two players most local to New York—Matt and Alfred—got Final today; Matt is now a 2-day champion wiit winnings over $50,000! He’ll go for win #3 tomorrow!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Wednesday, July 20, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Matt $25,600
Alison $12,200
Alfred $5,500

Tonight’s results:

Alfred $5,500 + $5,499 = $10,999 (What? Hwaet is Broadway?)
Alison $12,200 – $1,000 = $11,200 (What is the Tappan Zee Rd?)
Matt $25,600 + $1,044 = $26,644 (What is Broadway?) (2-day total: $55,845)

Matt Mierswa, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 20, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Alison $6,200
Matt $6,000
Alfred -$200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) PLEASE RISE FOR OUR NATIONAL… $1000 (clue #4)
Matt 800 -1000 (Alfred 600 Alison 200)
2) EATING & DRINKING PLACES $1200 (clue #8)
Matt 11600 +2400 (Alfred -200 Alison 6200)
3) ESSAYS $1600 (clue #26, $4400 left on board)
Alfred 2200 +2100 (Matt 23200 Alison 11400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 16

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 83 (0.37 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Matt $25,400 Coryat, 28 correct, 3 incorrect, 49.12% in first on buzzer (28/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Alison $12,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Alfred $5,000 Coryat, 8 correct, 3 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,600
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,000

Matt Mierswa, career statistics:

56 correct, 6 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
47.37% in first on buzzer (54/114)
2/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,000

Alfred Guy, career statistics:

9 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,100)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,000

Alison Trembly, career statistics:

16 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,200

Matt Mierswa, to win:

3 games: 69.480%
4: 48.274%
5: 33.541%
6: 23.304%
7: 16.192%
Avg. streak: 4.277 games.

Today’s interviews:

Alison was school classmates with Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama, and Sam Buttrey (at different times).
Alfred sometimes teaches a class for his students’ parents.
Matt tugs his earlobe for his 3-year-old.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Matt $25,600 Alison $12,200 Alfred $5,500)

Matt: Bet between $0 and $1,199 and enjoy win #2! (Actual bet: $1,044)

Alfred: Bet whatever you’d like today! (Actual bet: $5,499)

Alison: Bet between $0 and $1,199 and you’re guaranteed second place. (Actual bet: $1,000)

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, July 20, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | July 20, 2022 at 9:07 am |

    blarg… Done in by my lack of knowledge of NYC particulars 🙁

    Current FJ streak: 1L

  2. Give my regards to Broadway…….

  3. Diganta Das | July 20, 2022 at 9:56 am |

    Complete guess based only on the word “Dutch.”

    Got it, nevertheless.

  4. I have to challenge the accuracy of the explanation of this clue. Broadway joins U.S. Highway 9, which comes across the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan, at 178th/179th Streets. U.S. Highway 9 then continues another 21½ miles north (still Broadway) until it comes into Sleepy Hollow. The clue itself is accurate; it’s just the explanation that’s not.

    Many years ago, I used to live just a few miles east of where U.S. Highway 9 comes into Sleepy Hollow.

  5. I knew it was Manhattan, but my mind was stuck on Wall Street even though it doesn’t run nearly that long.

    • I was recently reminded that Wall Street is named for the palisade that Dutch settlers built to protect themselves from the Native inhabitants that continued to live on the island of Manhattan after the Dutch West India Company purchased it from them.

    • I also went with Wall Street, because I knew the name originally came from the Dutch. Turns out it’s only eight blocks long. Whoops!

  6. Ohioan with no clue…😩

  7. As a frequent visitor to Manhattan I got broadway immediately and even then i think NYC is fun to visit with museums piers shops and so forth. But seriously tappan zee road? No such road exists. But if alison meant the tappan see bridge that would have worked. Great game play and congrats to Alfred and Matt getting final.

  8. Re: Final, totally not possible to get this if you live in the west and have not traveled to that part of the country. Give me a break.

    • Is this a joke? I literally live in another country and I got it.

    • It’s one of the most well known roads in the entire country, if not the world.

    • Robert Fawkes | July 20, 2022 at 4:31 pm |

      In fact, you could come at it in a totally different way without ever having been to New York or that part of the country. My thinking was probably entirely wrong but I came up with the correct response anyway. I remembered the lyrics from a Sinatra song that included the line, “On State Street, that great street, I just like to say they do things they don’t do on Broadway.”

      This led me to connect “State Street” from the clue to Broadway. This was then confirmed in my thinking by the inclusion of “Sleepy Hollow” which I knew to be in New York from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. The thinking was probably entirely wrong but it resulted in the correct response.

      Of course, Sinatra was singing about Chicago “that toddling town,” but it got me there anyway. So, it is possible to get this if you live in the West, the Midwest or anywhere else in or out of the country.

      • I think one of the differences is the nuance between “knew it” and “got it”. ‘Sleepy Hollow’ AND ‘Dutch’ gave me New York and I figured chances are it was a famous well-known street (though it would probably be a miracle if it was 34th Street 🧑‍🎄). ‘Native American Trail’ probably wouldn’t be straight enough for a wall (even though I realized Wall Street COULD be named for a wall that was only in the “in town” portion of a 33 mile trail). Also, ‘Native American Trail’ STRONGLY implies OLD and it seems most cities and large towns name their old/original ‘main road’ either Main Street or Broadway, so I picked Broadway. I’m from a small town in Tennessee and I have been to Toronto several times over 40+ years but have never been to New York.

  9. I guessed this because of National Treasure lol

  10. I guessed Broadway, but was hoping the answer was East Side Highway.

  11. “Road” completely threw me off! Where I come from, streets and avenues are in cities and towns, and roads are out in the country.
    Incidentally, the main drag in my home town is Broadway, stretching from Lake Erie south to what was the city limits.
    In the U.K. there is a village in the Cotswolds called Broadway!

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